The Associated Press announced today it has published “World War I: An AP Centennial Commemorative Edition,” in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of the war that was supposed to end all wars.
The new book collects a series of stories tracing the arc of the conflict, from Sarajevo where Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was slain, through the agony of trench warfare and America’s entry, which turned the tide against Germany and its allies.
World War I began with stirring words of patriotism and ended with 14 million dead, empires destroyed and the social order torn asunder. It spurred revolutions and counter-revolutions across the world, paving the way for the tyranny of Hitler and Stalin and an even greater global slaughter, World War II, a generation later.
“This project looks back at how the first World War impacted international relations in the immediate aftermath but also the ripple effect it continues to have on the current political landscape 100 years later,” said Peter Costanzo, AP digital publishing specialist. “It is a powerful reminder of how one major incident can change the course of history forever.”
"World War I" features more than 130 photographs from the AP archives and a comprehensive timeline of events. It serves as a must-have for anyone interested in the history of military conflicts.
The e-book is available now exclusively at Amazon and a paperback edition will soon follow.